Why is it that when we make iced coffee at home, it's just not as good as the coffee our favorite barista brews up? Research shows that it comes down to some simple yet varied issues, from freshly-ground beans to fresh, filtered water. Those of us who just brew coffee and let it get cold may get scoffed at; a good iced coffee is usually much stronger than that, which also accounts for the difference in taste.
Then there are the iced coffee makers, syrups/concentrates, ready-to-use iced coffee, K-cup pods where you "just add ice," and so many other tools, types of coffee and other considerations that it can make your head spin! Sometimes instant coffee is great for iced coffee; sometimes it's so bad that you don't know why you ever gave into that idea. While I'd love to find a good, cheap instant coffee, I have had success with chaga mushroom coffee (don't worry, it doesn't taste like mushrooms at all!). In college I used to use Nescafe syrup in water, milk or a milk alternative, but I can't seem to find it in the states anymore.
What about you? What are your best tips for a decent iced coffee from home? Do you swear by a brand, method or specific product? Share your secrets in the chat.